TheFace: Ghada Al-Nasser Al-Harbi, Saudi businesswoman

Ghada Al-Nasser Al-Harbi and her son. (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
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Updated 13 March 2020

TheFace: Ghada Al-Nasser Al-Harbi, Saudi businesswoman

 

My childhood played a very important part in shaping who I am and in pointing me along the path I have taken in life, one which has been filled with many milestones.

I was born to a remarkable mother and unique father who raised a brood of seven: Two daughters and five sons. We were so blessed to have such highly educated and loving parents who raised all of us by example.

My father, Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Nasser Al-Harbi, was a historian, researcher and Asir’s undersecretary of financial and administrative affairs, who also authored the Saudi Arabia Geographic Encyclopedia.

My mother, Myriam bint Aa’el Al-Harbi, was an extraordinary supermom who was honored with the Ideal Mother Award for her lifetime work to eradicate illiteracy throughout the Kingdom.

On top of her advocacy, she also pursued higher education and succeeded in earning a university degree at an advanced age. My parents’ devotion and support for me and my siblings were precious and knew no boundaries.

I married at a relatively young age and was gifted by God with my first child, Rayan, when I was just 17 years old. While raising a family, I managed to study and gained a bachelor’s degree with honors in human resources from King Abdul Aziz University, and later a master’s degree in the same subject from INSEAD (the European Institute of Administrative Affairs).

I went on to take up a career in human resources and project management, developing my personal skills along the way in communication, self-motivation, and time management. As my career progressed, I also acquired management skills — such as decision-making, strategic thinking, problem solving, and project management — through specialized training courses from higher learning institutions in various countries.

I consider myself to be very lucky in being able to witness and be part of the great shift taking place in Saudi society today.

Dynamic by nature, my high energy pushed me to take on challenging jobs and tasks, even while taking care of my family and performing domestic duties at home. I strongly believe that where there is a will, there is achievement.

When I was around six years old, my late grandfather asked me: Who do you want to be in the future, a housewife or a businesswoman? I told him I wanted to be both. He was actually joking, but his joke was somehow prophetic, as years later I was able to have a family and open my own business, boosting my confidence and helping me fulfill a childhood dream.

I consider myself to be very lucky in being able to witness and be part of the great shift taking place in Saudi society today, inspired by the Vision 2030 reform plan which has empowered women to become active participants in every field of society.

I encourage all women, young and old, to get an education, work with confidence, support their families and their communities, and achieve financial independence. 

 

 

 

 


Pilgrims perform last stoning ritual as socially distanced Hajj comes to a close

Updated 03 August 2020

Pilgrims perform last stoning ritual as socially distanced Hajj comes to a close

  • Pilgrims entered the Grand Mosque via designated doors and were required to follow marked paths to keep a safe distance between each other
  • Saudi authorities implemented strict precautions this year to ensure a safe Hajj season amid the coronavirus pandemic

JEDDAH: Pilgrims safely performed the last stoning ritual on Jamarat Bridge in Mina on Sunday before moving back to Makkah’s Grand Mosque to complete their Hajj with the last circumambulation of the Kaaba known as “Farewell Tawaf.”

The ritual is complete when worshippers walk seven times around the Kaaba, marking the end of the Hajj season.

Pilgrims entered the Grand Mosque via designated doors and were required to follow marked paths to keep a safe distance between each other.

Muslim pilgrims, clad in face masks due to the coronavirus pandemic, pray after throwing pebbles as part of Al-A'qabah at the Jamarat Bridge during the Hajj pilgrimage in Mina, near Makkah on Aug. 1, 2020. (AFP)

Meanwhile, the ministry confirmed that there have been no reports of coronavirus infections among pilgrims at the holy sites of Hajj on the fifth day of the pilgrimage.

Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Abdulfattah bin Sulaiman Mashat said that after the Hajj rituals were over, the pilgrims would undergo a medical examination.

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The total number of coronavirus cases in KSA reached 278,835.

Pilgrims underwent seven days of home isolation before they began their Hajj journey, and will again be under home isolation after Hajj is complete.

Saudi authorities implemented strict precautions this year to ensure a safe Hajj season. “There was a detailed plan for each step pilgrims take; the main focus was how to effectively apply medical precautions and preventive measures,” Mashat said.

“By taking all these preventive measures and great efforts, the Kingdom sends the message that human health is its top priority,” he said.

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The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom reached 240,081

Bashir Fadlallah Al-Faeq, who is from the Central African Republic, expressed his gratitude at being able to participate in this year’s exceptional Hajj season. “I feel safe and confident with the amazing and wonderful preventive measures taken by the authorities to limit the spread of the pandemic.”

A handout picture provided by Saudi Press Agency (SPA), on July 31, 2020, shows Muslim pilgrims throwing pebbles as part of Al-A'qabah (stoning of the devil ritual) at the Jamarat Bridge during the Hajj pilgrimage in Mina, near Makkah on July 31, 2020. (AFP)

The Saudi Public Security confirmed that no one was able to enter the holy sites without permission, noting that more than 2,000 violators who attempted to infiltrate these areas were caught and legal action was taken against them.

Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif, minister of interior and chairman of the Hajj Supreme Committee, held a virtual meeting with the leaders of the security sectors on Sunday. He conveyed the greetings of King Salman and the crown prince to the security men and leaders of the security sectors participating in the Hajj mission this year, on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha.